A strong field of fifty-seven determined combinations were all vying for one of the seven qualifications places up for grabs for the Horseware Bronze League Final. The first two rounds asked some technical questions of both horse and rider leaving sixteen talented combinations to go forward to contest for their place in the top seven against the clock in the jump off.
After a thrilling three rounds of showjumping, Laura Whitfield from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, sat clear of the competition with her 7 year-old bay mare, Apricor Sunshine. This partnership proved their consistency as they rode to a treble clear in an unbeatable time of 38.66 seconds ensuring their first place finish.
Taking home second place was Joanne Fennell from Birmingham on board her 11 year-old bay mare Bantasia. This combination left all the fences standing to post a treble clear in 39.67 seconds.
Finding herself with a third place finish for the second year running was Angela Mills from Haswell, County Durham riding her own 12 year-old bay gelding Quids In II. This pair held their nerve to post a treble clear in a time of 40.02 seconds.
Horseware Bronze League Qualifier
1st Laura Whitfield & Apricor Sunshine – 0/0/0 – 38.66 seconds
2nd Joanne Fennell & Bantasia – 0/0/0 – 39.67 seconds
3rd Angela Mills & Quids In II – 0/0/0 – 40.02 seconds
4th Michelle Macdonald & Killagriff Lyncruise Lou – 0/0/0 – 40.31 seconds
5th Vanessa Townsend & Wonder II – 0/0/0 – 40.43 seconds
6th Rachel Proudley & Vayrann – 0/0/0 – 40.47 seconds
7th Annabel Windsor & MC Clover – 0/0/0 – 41.46 seconds
After a thrilling sixteen horse jump off, it was Vicky Burns from Litchfield, Staffordshire who posted the winning performance on board Paul Bevan’s 9 year-old bay gelding, Denzel II in the Northern Silver League Semi-Final at Bishop Burton College on Sunday. This pair crossed the finish line on a treble clear in 37.06 seconds and in doing so, booked a place to compete for the Championship title at this year’s Horse of the Year Show in October.
The riders and horses that finished in second to seventh also took home the chance to compete in the Silver League Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show.
Bishop Burton – Sunday 6th August 2017
Silver League Semi-Final
1st Vicky Burns & Denzel II – 0/0/0 – 37.06 seconds
2nd Emma Sargeant & Fools Business – 0/0/0 – 37.27 seconds
3rd Melanie Butcher & Flits – 0/0/0 – 39.69 seconds
4th Eve Staveley & Shadow IV – 0/0/0 – 39.99 seconds
5th Rachel Walker & Bo Gi – 0/0/0 – 40.11 seconds
6th David Harland & Fauber – 0/0/0 – 42.09 seconds
7th Amanda Kent & Contrichta – 0/0/4 – 37.16 seconds